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Bonanza A36

Bonanza A36 parked on landing strip

Our Beechcraft Bonanza was generously donated by our founder and Director Emeritus Richard McFarland. It is equipped with standby/backup pressure and electric systems, as well as full de-ice and extended range fuel tanks. This A36 has been one of our “flying laboratories” for development and testing a variety of airborne research equipment and is currently being used to transport center researchers and staff.


  • Type: Single engine, high performance piston
  • Year: 1979
  • Engine: Continental IO-550, 300 HP
  • Seats: 6, including pilot
  • Dimensions: Wingspan 33'6", Length 27'6", Height 8'7"
  • Empty weight: 2437 Lbs.
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 3849 Lbs.
  • Fuel capacity: 114 gals.
  • Maximum speed: 234 mph.
  • Cruise speed: 195 mph @ 7000 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: ≈16,000 ft.
  • Maximum range: ≈1,300 nm.